Road safety operation on the Llŷn Peninsula

A road safety operation, held on the Llŷn Peninsula earlier this month saw several tickets being issued for seatbelt offences.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit stopped and spoke to several motorists in the Abersoch, Pwllheli and Morfa Bychan areas as part of ongoing efforts to improve road safety.

The operation, saw officers carry out vehicle and driver checks whereby 30 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given to drivers who were caught driving without a seatbelts. Other tickets were handed out for defective lights, defective tyres and driving whilst using a mobile phone and for having no number plates displayed. Checks were also carried out on caravans being towed in the area.

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Have You Got a Black Belt in Self-Defence?

Do you always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle? You are twice as likely to die if you’re involved in a collision and you aren’t wearing your belt.

Not belting up can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. You must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only a few exceptions. Also be aware that you are only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seatbelt.


The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition 2021

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

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Week-long Road Safety Operation Uncovers Several Offences

Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.

Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:

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129 Arrests Made Across North Wales During The Christmas Anti Drink And Drug Drive Campaign

The month-long campaign, which took place throughout December, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council. In north Wales a total of 129 motorists were arrested, with 47 people failing breath tests and 82 people providing positive drugs tests.

Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall of the Force’s Operational Support Services said, “Despite fewer people being caught drink or drug driving over the 2020 Christmas period, we must acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor.

“With more people working from home, roads being quieter and no big party nights, less people were taking unnecessary risks.

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More Than 100 People Arrested

Gwent Police arrested 109 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of the force’s Christmas road safety campaign.

Officers from Gwent Police joined forces across Wales, and the wider UK, in conducting intelligence-led vehicle checks on roads within the force area between Tuesday 1 December and Thursday 31 December.

During the campaign period, more than half of the motorists arrested for drug-related driving offences were aged under 30, while a majority of older motorists – aged over 30 – were arrested for drink driving.

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Dyfed-Powys Police To Launch All Wales Fatal 5 Campaign

On Tuesday 19 January 2021, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, will hold a virtual community engagement day, specifically focusing on road safety and the launch of an All Wales Fatal 5 campaign.

Dyfed-Powys Police will lead on the campaign, which focuses on five significant factors in fatal and serious injury collisions: drink/drug driving; speed; not wearing a seatbelt; using a mobile phone; and careless driving.

The campaign will be launched by Dafydd Llywelyn, during his first Commissioner in Conversation live Facebook broadcast of the year. He will be joined by ACC Mark Travis from South Wales Police - Strategic Lead for Roads Policing in Wales, and Teresa Ciano - GoSafe Partnership Manager.

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Stay Safe This Christmas

There is no escaping the fact that 2020 has been tough – with local and national lockdowns and restrictions on travel – for everyone. While Christmas may feel different this year, but the rules of the road remain the same.

Gwent Police is reminding motorists to stay safe by continuing to follow the rules of the road – which will remain the same – this Christmas.

Although the roads may be quieter than normal, it is expected that major and minor routes will be busier between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December as people travel around Wales and the wider UK to visit their families for Christmas.

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National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 21 and 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

As with the majority of health services, accessing routine eye testing during the COVID-19 lockdown proved impossible. Since then, opticians throughout the country have been putting new protocols into action so that you can receive quality eye care and source the correct prescription glasses.

Whatever your age, good eyesight is vital when using the road. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

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Road Safety Wales Social Media Competition

To promote the Fatal 5 message, schools, colleges and youth organisations are invited to devise, perform and record a short film that will warn of the dangers and consequences of drink/drug driving, excess speed, careless driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.  The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels to raise awareness about the Fatal 5.

Competition Guidelines

  • Team members should be aged between 11 and 25.
  • The presentation must be under 30 seconds in length and can include any of the following:
    - Musical performance
    - Drama/Sketch
    - Poetry/Oration
    - Animation
    - Documentary
    - Comedy
    - Dance
  • Entries should be submitted to Road Safety Wales, 2 Cwrt-y-Parc, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5GH on DVD or to in MP4/WMV format via WeTransfer.
  • Entries should be accompanied by a short written summary describing the experience of creating the film and how it could be used to raise awareness of the Fatal 5.
  • Any music, product or artwork included must be original and not subject to copyright laws or discriminate toward any individual, company or organisation (such as showing alcohol or cigarette brands).
  • The presentation will be judged on originality, performance, impact and the message being portrayed.

Winning entries will be selected up to 4 times a year and successful teams will receive £250 for the school, college or organisation in Wales that they represent along with a commemorative plaque.  Where appropriate, other entries may be rolled over for consideration within the next round of judging.

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